American Univesity of Beirut

ESDU at the FAO: Youth as Drivers of Innovation

​​​On November 22, the Environmental and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU), represented by Mrs. Mabelle Chedid, ESDU executive officer, participated in the online event “Youth as drivers of Innovation”. The two-hour interactive session with youth was organized as part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricu​ltural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, whose purpose was to identify and convey key messages from youth on the role of agricultural innovation in shaping their future and meeting their aspirations. Mrs. Chedid presented the Food Heritage Foundation (FHF) as an innovative initiative of ESDU that aims at reviving traditional foods and promoting local, or​ganic food consumption. She highlighted the role of the Souk aal Souk – Farmers’ Market in physically bringing together local farmers and food producers with the younger generation of students in schools and universities. Youth from across the world participated in the session, sharing both their success stories and their concerns as drivers of innovation. The very rich session focused on ways to make agriculture appealing to youth by introducing technologies at the different farming levels and through and food processing value chain.​

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